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Zen is not an easy path. Facing one's self is more confronting than comforting. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2019 at AtheistNBeliever
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The ad gives me hope. The defensive comments on YouTube remind me how Adolph Hitler rose to power, and the necessity for good men to take the very simple and direct steps this ad depicts. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2019 at AtheistNBeliever
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You say I took the name in vain I don't even know the name But if I did, well really, what's it to you? There's a blaze of light in every word It doesn't matter which you heard The holy or the broken Hallelujah .... I did my best, it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2019 at AtheistNBeliever
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(Jen is an online pen pal I met at Brian Hine's fine site, Church of the Churchless. https://hinessight.blogs.com/church_of_the_churchless/ Jen commented here a few days ago elegantly about Existentialism and Buddhism, and so I asked her if I could repost those citations and if she wouldn't mind adding some thoughts. Jen's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2019 at AtheistNBeliever
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https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-new-you/201412/why-my-new-year-s-resolution-is-meditate-every-day While you are doing this, consider visualizing world peace! Or whirrled peas.... Today's a great day for resolutions... Some tips for success... Start small. Journal your resolutions, goals and results a few times a week... Put out small efforts every day.... Expect some setbacks.... Use those as learning /... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at AtheistNBeliever
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https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/04/160422-atheism-agnostic-secular-nones-rising-religion/ People raised in a world that explores, a world that enjoys the beauty of creation and the elegance of science, finds new inspiration in the sheer appreciation of creation, and a thankfulness that requires no personality to address. What do you find inspiration in? What is your "God"? Continue reading
Posted Dec 27, 2018 at AtheistNBeliever
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In the story of the woman caught in adultery, Jesus does not question the law nor the verdict (John 8:1-11). He tells those present they may stone the woman, so long as they are without sin and therefore eligible to impose the death penalty. He frees this woman on a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2018 at AtheistNBeliever
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Ruby posted this... Truly wonderful... "Surrender to the mystery... Warmth and trust" Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2018 at AtheistNBeliever
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There Is No Such Thing as Conscious Thought: Philosopher Peter Carruthers insists that conscious thought, judgment and volition are illusions. They arise from processes of which we are forever unaware ...According to a new article in Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/there-is-no-such-thing-as-conscious-thought/ It's long been know that the brain functions way too slowly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2018 at AtheistNBeliever
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Putting aside the literal trappings of religion, is it possible that the early teachers were talking about an internal subjective experience when they speak of Spirit? An audible spirit? "Well has the all-gracious and Almighty God interposed as it were an intermediate Power between himself and them, even the Divine... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2018 at AtheistNBeliever
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"...as you continue practicing, the things you saw happening during the state itself become part of your way of being. They become traits.” Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2018 at AtheistNBeliever
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The first thing that got me was I could hear God's voice," the pastor said. "And it so enamored me — I mean, it changed me dramatically. I couldn't wait to pray!" Scott McDermott. Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2018 at AtheistNBeliever
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https://drsusantaylor.com/5-interesting-facts-meditation/ Prayer, Worship and Meditation, while each has somewhat different practices, all share unique features of focus on something / someone from either a neutral mindset, as a passive observer, or from a loving mindset, with the object of focus the beloved. Some forms, like the Harvard Meditation, use repetition;... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2018 at AtheistNBeliever
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In my home in Boston, we're seeing a Renaissance of Enlightenment in the wake of the disasters of blind faith. Will this happen to religion in other parts of the world? For example RSSB as well? https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2018/12/11/boston-given-up-on-god/ "Religion isn’t just fading from campus, though—all throughout the city, faith is dying... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at AtheistNBeliever
Bayley pays the Singh Brothers some " dividends..." Ouch... No not those brothers...wait a minute...maybe they have relatives in India? As the newcasters say "They have a guru in the mix...Yes, Yes, it's a potboiler! Money has been given to the Master of the Radha Soami Satsang! ...This whole mystery... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2018 at AtheistNBeliever
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